Fueling entrepreneurial youth culture with Startup Sri Lanka Next Generation

Continuing its ground-breaking efforts to develop a vibrant domestic entrepreneurial culture, Startup Sri Lanka recently concluded the first in a series of workshops under the Start Up Sri Lanka Next Generation program; teaching young Sri Lankans about the power of problem solving and design thinking to spark disruptive innovation. The two-day workshop which was organised in collaboration with MiddyFund Inc NYC, was aimed at providing young Sri Lankans with the tools necessary to build a social-entrepreneurial mind-set, spanning conceptualisation of ideas into design and execution....

Capital and affordable workspaces biggest hurdles for start-ups

Over 50% of the Sri Lankan start-up community feels that inadequate funding opportunities and lack of affordable workspaces are key challenges to growing their businesses, according to a recent study. The ‘Sri Lanka Start-up Ecosystem Report’ compiled by the SLASSCOM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum is the first-ever comprehensive study to assess the nature and structure of the start-up economy in the country.According to the study, the local start-up scene is rapidly expanding with 55% of the companies already generating early or growing revenues. SLASSCOM projects that the local IT...

University of Peradeniya hosts IT and BPM conferences aiming to build national capacity and industry specific skills

A capacity building programme for the IT/BPM industry wouldn’t be complete without engaging the undergraduates who are anticipating to learn from the industry leaders itself. Hence the two conferences each focusing on the IT and BPM industries as a part of the Kandy IT/BPM Week aimed at providing future leaders of the country on the skills they need to acquire to enter the industry and the trends they need to watch out for which are disrupting the way we live and run organisations. The events were hosted by University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Arts....

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Interactive workshop for entrepreneurs and exporters in Kandy

The Kandy IT/BPM Week’s event focusing on entrepreneurs and exporters, organised by SLASSCOM together with Export Development Board (EDB), was held on 11 June at Queen’s Hotel, Kandy. The first half of the event focused on how exporters could leverage through the existing ecosystem to grow their businesses and take their products to the global marketplace. Case studies and success stories were shared with 200 exporters and entrepreneurs who attended the event, providing them insights to challenges, opportunities and support available in the country. Current market potential...

Astonishing response from schools at Future Careers event in Kandy

Kandy IT/BPM Week hosted a Future Careers event, an initiative by SLASSCOM, focused on building capacity for the IT/BPM industry in Sri Lanka, on 10 June at Ranabima Royal College, Gannoruwa with the participation of 2,500 students.  The event was supported by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and the ICT branch of the Ministry of Education. The program included a seminar to create awareness about the knowledge service industry and the career opportunities available for these future leaders. The students were provided the opportunity to speak to the...

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Kandy IT/BPM week to reach out to Lankan undergraduates

Understanding the importance of creating lasting ties between the flourishing IT/BPM industry and Lankan undergraduates, the Kandy BPM conference and Kandy IT conference will take place on the second and third days of the Kandy IT/BPM week respectively, with the aim of bringing together top industry professionals and students. IT and BPM conferences geared towards educating students on industry opportunities. The two conferences will feature a line-up of some of Sri Lanka’s leading thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the IT/BPM sector, representing top local and...

Kandy IT/BPM Week 2016

In a move to create a much-needed IT/BPM capacity, the Industry is advocating the creation of regional cities and bring about inclusive growth in the country. Kandy IT/BPM Week is one such initiative, which will be held from10th to 12th of June 2016, organized by SLASSCOM, supported by the Export Development Board (EDB), Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).  Kandy IT/BPM week - An initiative to build regional skill capacity to support the growth of the country’s IT/BPM industry. The program will showcase ICT...

Startup Sri Lanka holds Disrupt 2.0 Bootstrapped Vs Funded

Picture: From left: YAMU Director Indi Samarajiva, Takas.lk CEO Lahiru Pathmalal, Cinergix CEO Chandika Jayasundara, Saraii Village CEO Charita Abeyratne Hettiarachchi and Calcey CEO Mangala Karunaratne   With the aim of uplifting the startup ecosystem in Sri Lanka and to grow the startup community, Startup Sri Lanka, represented by the entrepreneurship forum which is an initiative by SLASSCOM, hosted and concluded another successful boot-camp. Held on 7 April at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, the boot-camp started off by having each entrepreneur giving out snippets...

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Sri Lanka up two points on Global Offshoring Index 2016

With many domestic and international companies investing heavily in the local IT/BPO and BPM offshoring industry thanks to its commercial attractiveness, access to skilled talent and a lucrative business environment coupled with the improving technology infrastructure, Sri Lanka now ranks in the 14th position on the 2016 A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index (GSLI). The country moved up by two points this year from 2015 on the index, which analysed 55 countries in a study conducted by A.T. Kearney, a London-based global management consulting firm, further exhibiting the...

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Sri Lankan startups get access to global markets, international investors through 'Xeleration'

Since the launch of the program last year, Xeleration has attracted the attention from many startups from around the country. Startups applied via www.xeleraiton.xyz to stand a chance to be selected to the next phase and 10 out of 100 applicants made their investment pitching to a team from Infocomm Investment who flew into Sri Lanka end-last month. The startups were asked on why they should be sent for the program and what made their startup unique. The global exchange program in Singapore is an opportunity for startups to expand into global markets, get mentored by some of the finest...

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